Arsenal have this afternoon confirmed that head coach Joe Montemurro will return home to Australia at the end of the season.
The 51-year-old has spent the last three-and-a-half years in charge of The Gunners, helping them to the FA Women’s Continental League Cup in 2018 and the FA Women’s Super League title the following year.
Arsenal announced Montemurro’s planned departure via their official club website earlier today. It is understood that he will officially leave the club on 31 May. Montemurro’s decision to return home has been driven by personal circumstances and he is expected to take a break from the game to be with his family.
After guiding The Gunners to title glory in 2018/2019, Montemurro was named the FA Women’s Super League’s Manager of the Year for that season. He won three Manager of the Month awards during that campaign while he also received a nomination for The Best FIFA Women’s Coach accolade.
With Chelsea and Manchester City having invested heavily this season, the competition has become much tougher for Arsenal. Third place looks to be their most likely league finish this year, although their placing has not been helped by a catalogue of injury problems sustained throughout the season.
The Gunners are immediately beginning their search for a new head coach to take over on 1 June.